What does Mother’s Day look like?

The question floating around the bus stop and work this morning was, “How was your Mother’s Day?” For me, I got the double whammy with, “How was your birthday?” I noticed as we asked each other there was a pause, like we weren’t quite sure what to say. Our minds rushing back to the day filled with all of events and trying to remember if the scale tipped in favor of a good and relaxing day or something else. Maybe somewhere in the world there are moms who slip away from reality on Mother’s Day and are pampered with spa … Read more…

And time keeps moving

I’ve always been acutely aware of when things bloom. Maybe it’s because I was born when the dogwoods bloomed on Long Island. Or maybe it’s because I shared an affinity for flowers with my dad. Whatever the reason, something stirs in my heart and soul when I see the first buds. And now when I see the flowers appear, it seems I’m also hyper aware of the passage of time and I can’t help but think about where I was in previous years when my roses began to shine. This year looks different than last in many ways apparent to … Read more…

When messed up plans turn magical

Friday was my day. My free day. My writing day. My day to get everything done that I couldn’t do during my work week. But as with most things that I plan, it didn’t happen. Alex woke up with what I quickly diagnosed as a sinus infection and a morning at the doctor’s office and an afternoon chasing down prescriptions prevailed. At this moment, this May-and-June-are-the-new-December time, I feel like I need to make every moment count. It’s the season of Communions, Confirmations, Art Shows, Field Days, recitals and picnics. My time, our time, is full. And on Friday, instead … Read more…

A few things I’m craving and adoring…and maybe a few Mother’s Day ideas

A little list of some things I’m adoring at the moment…and maybe a few Mother’s Day ideas for someone special in your life. I adore these bracelets! I’m usually not a person who follows a big trend or I ditch the item once everyone has it but that’s not the case with these. I wear mine every day and love the energy they bring me. They come with little cards explaining what each one signifies and the messages are simply perfect. I am craving the feather bracelet. I’m only about a quarter of the way through this book but I’m … Read more…

California Dreamin’

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve seen some of the photos of our trip to California. They are filled with sunshine, gorgeous views and mostly smiling faces. I didn’t capture any of the sibling squabbles in the car, the tears because someone was missing her stuffed bunny, the wrong turns or the frustration we encountered at the Avis counter. But all in all, it was a week filled with happiness, laughter and family bonding. I’m certain some of our adventures will be etched in our minds for our lifetime. We hit every single beach town and had … Read more…

I’m walking on a tightrope

I’m sitting here in my bathrobe with a towel wrapped around my wet hair stealing a few moments to write these words that wouldn’t leave my head while I showered. And, oh my, my Friday shower is a favorite thing as the house is quiet and it’s the only day of the week little people aren’t running in to ask me questions about outfits, lodge complaints about siblings or tell me the dog has eaten yet another loaf of bread from the pantry. These days have me balancing on a not-so-steady tightrope. The all-too-fast-passage of time and the guilt of … Read more…

Exciting News…

In case you missed it on my Facebook Author page, my publisher has decided to turn Tripped Up Love into an audio book. I’m all kinds of excited about it and cannot wait to hear someone narrating my words. I’ve got something else in the works too that I hope to be able to tell you about soon…until then I’ll get back to editing Mapping Magic and cleaning my house.

I’ll keep him

Another week, another set of birthdays in the Farley house. Eva, the one I can’t stop worrying about, turned eleven today and Justin turned forty-four. Imagine if I had held on to the twins for a little less than two weeks? It could have been four Farley birthdays on one day. Eva was so hellbent on arriving on her Daddy’s birthday there wasn’t even time for an epidural. And after today, I know why she couldn’t wait to meet him. (Truthfully, I’ve known for a lot longer but I was simply reminded again today.) We try to have lunch with … Read more…

another day, another worry

i’ve got myself all wrapped up in worrying about my kids again…well, today it’s just one kid in particular. i’m happy to report alex’s driving has improved, slightly, and i was able to remove my hands from the armrest for several moments as he drove around the neighborhood. since my mind eased up on the alex driving drama, i suppose i made room to stress about eva. she’s turning eleven in two days. eleven…i can’t wrap my mind around the fact that my fifty-three pound little girl is turning eleven and going to middle school. but see, i think she … Read more…

Fear

I thought my white knuckle moment was going to come next month as we fly to California. See, I hate to fly. I do it anyway but I loathe it. My dad thought my fear was due to a lack of understanding so he would educate me on the mechanics of flight but really…knowledge never seemed to help. There’s simply something about metal in the air that my brain doesn’t like. Yesterday I found something scarier than flying, driving with my son at the wheel. I’m not sure how we got to this point…him driving me…but it’s not my favorite … Read more…